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World reacts to Britain's PM to-be Johnson

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:11 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions from home and abroad to Boris Johnson's victory

WORLD REACTS. In this file photo, Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves a house in London on May 30, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain's next PM

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:14 PM

The former London mayor easily beats his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in a vote of members of the governing Conservative party

NEW PM. New Conservative Party leader and incoming prime minister Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

UK's May quits as party leader, starting succession race

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) British Prime Minister Theresa May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but has relinquished control over the direction of Britain's tortuous departure from the European Union

THERESA MAY. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019. File photo by Ben  Stansall/AFP

British PM suffers defeat in Brexit bill

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:47 AM

The defeat is a blow to Theresa May the day before EU leaders gather in Brussels to approve the terms of an interim Brexit deal struck last week after months of negotiation

EU AND UK. Pro-EU anti-Brexit demonstrators wave an EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 13, 2017 as MPs debate a proposed amendment to the EU Withdrawl Bill. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

UK government under pressure to publish Brexit papers

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The opposition Labour party tables the 'humble address' motion in which they call for the government to publish its assessment of 58 sectors, including tourism and nuclear

Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain's May downplays notion of party divisions over Brexit

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Her remarks in Ottawa come after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stirred up colleagues and put pressure on May by laying out his own vision for Brexit

MAY IN CANADA. British Prime Minister Theresa May inspects the honor guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, September 18, 2017. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Struggling British PM faces confidence vote

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:06 PM

UPDATED Members of the House of Commons will vote on the Conservative leader s legislative plans – the Queen s Speech – in a key test of whether she can stay in power

MAY'S PARLIAMENT TEST. British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on the government's plans for Brexit at Lancaster House in London on January 17, 2017. File photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

May strikes power deal with Northern Ireland's DUP

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:07 PM

The agreement with the ultra conservative Northern Irish party is signed after more than two weeks of negotiations following her disastrous showing in the June 8 general election

WE'VE GOT A DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) shakes hands with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (C) as they arrive for a meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 26, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Brexit laws head agenda for UK's 'zombie government'

Jun 21, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED The British parliament opens in the aftermath of an election that weakened Prime Minister Theresa May s authority and tragedies that have shaken the nation

AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits alongside her son Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. Carl Court/Pool/AFP

'Somber' Britain prepares for historic Brexit talks

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:09 PM

The government s current weakness has fueled criticism of its approach to Brexit and given rise to notions that the government might pursue a softer tone

UNION JACK. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain, EU in suspense as May tries to strike power deal

Jun 14, 2017 - 1:03 PM

May lost her parliamentary majority in last week s election and is now desperately seeking the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland s ultra conservative Democratic Unionist Party

AT THE COMMONS. In a still image take from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) via Parliament TV on June 13, 2017 Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the dispatch box in the House of Commons in central London on June 13, 2017 during the process of starting a new parliament. PRU/AFP

Britain's May apologizes to own MPs for election 'mess'

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:01 AM

I got us into this mess and I m going to get us out May tells Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after hosting a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British PM regroups after election setback

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED The firestorm of criticism continues unabated after May announced she would keep her ministerial team unchanged and planned to stay in power with the aid of a small Northern Irish party

BACK AT NO. 10. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip are welcomed into number 10 Downing Street by the staff, June 9, 2017, Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Defiant May vows to stay on despite UK election blow

Jun 09, 2017 - 9:01 PM

We will fulfill the promise of Brexit May says after meeting Queen Elizabeth II to seek permission to form a new government despite losing her majority in a snap general election

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London on June 9, 2017. Justin Tallis/AFP

Theresa May: Steady leader who gambled and lost

Jun 09, 2017 - 2:40 PM

May s astute political instincts served her well in running the country but the election campaign exposed her awkward public manner to the country at large

WALKING OUT? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a polling station after casting her ballot paper in Sonning, west of London, on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election results leave UK in political limbo

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:04 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May faces pressure to resign after losing her parliamentary majority plunging the country into uncertainty as Brexit talks loom

DEFEAT. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Conservative Party HQ in central London, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Shock election may delay Brexit talks, soften tone – experts

Jun 09, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The country could be plunged into uncertainty for weeks as Theresa May seeks to form a government if her Conservative party loses its overall majority as an exit poll and near complete results indicate

GLOOMY WEATHER. The Elizabeth Tower, commonly referred to as Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament are seen from the south bank of the river Thames in central London on June 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 9, 2017

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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A hung parliament in Britain?: What happens next

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The United Kingdom officially has a hung parliament Here is what would happen next

CENTER OF POWER. A general view of of the Palace of Westminster, with the Great Westminster Clock, more commonly known as 'Big Ben' seen on April 5, 2015 in London. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Uncertainty in UK as May tipped to lose majority

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:35 AM

UPDATED The election comes at a pivotal time in British history as it negotiates a complicated exit from the European Union the first country to leave the 6 decade old bloc

WHO'S GOING TO LEAD? This combination of pictures made on June 6, 2017, shows Britain's Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party Theresa May (top L), Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (top R), Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon (bottom L), and Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron (bottom R). AFP photos

In shadow of terror, British election tighter than expected

Jun 08, 2017 - 2:43 PM

While most still expect a Conservative victory predictions of the margin vary widely and one shock forecast model even predicted May could lose her majority of 17 in the 650 seat House of Commons

VOTING BEGINS. A woman arrives at a Polling Station to cast her ballot paper and vote in London on June 8, 2017, as Britain holds a general election. Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain braces for election in wake of terror attacks

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Since failing to predict the outcome of the last general election and the Brexit referendum pollsters have adjusted their methodologies and broadly show the Conservatives ahead despite their lead narrowing

POSITION IN PERIL? Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses supporters at a campaign event in Slough in south-east England on June 6, 2017. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

British PM boycotts TV debate as election looms

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:53 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May boycotted a primetime television debate just days before the June 8 general election

FACE OFF. (L-R) Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Ukip leader Paul Nuttall and SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson take part in the BBC Election Debate hosted by BBC news presenter Mishal Husain and broadcast live from Senate House in Cambridge on May 31, 2017, ahead of the upcoming general election. Stefan Rousseau/Pool/AFP

Poll dive hits British PM's election battle

May 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The landslide Conservative victory May hoped to seal by calling a snap election for June 8 seemed much less likely with 8 days to go

DOWN IN THE POLLS. Britain's Prime Minister, and Leader of the Conservative party, Theresa May, speaks during a general election campaign event in Wolverhampton, central England, on May 30, 2017. Paul Ellis/AFP

British PM candidates clash over Brexit in TV grilling

May 30, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Ten days before the snap polls on June 8 the two rivals separately faced wide ranging questions from members of the public before interrogations by veteran bulldog broadcaster Jeremy Paxman

ENTER STAGE. British Prime Minister Theresa May takes part in the 'May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10,' Sky News and Channel 4 event in at Sky Studios in London, on May 29, 2017. Stefan Rosseau/Pool/AFP

Gulf in living standards at heart of UK election battle

May 29, 2017 - 11:09 AM

Flat wages and the government s austerity program continue to bite and cause anger among those left behind

A television screen showing coverage of the 2017 UK general election is pictured inside the Conservative Party campaign bus on the motorway near London on May 15, 2017. Justi Tallis/Pool/AFP

May takes tough Brexit stance as UK holds local elections

May 04, 2017 - 1:24 PM

UPDATED Britain will choose thousands of new local councillors in a vote that will be closely watched for proof of the strength of May s Conservatives

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after speaking outside 10 Downing Street in central London on May 3, 2017, following her return from Buckingham Palace where she met with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain set for snap election in Brexit shadow

Apr 19, 2017 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED The House of Commons votes by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on June 8 – plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union

SEAT OF POWER. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

May calls for June 8 election before Brexit talks

Apr 18, 2017 - 6:13 PM

4th UPDATE Theresa May s dramatic announcement comes after months of tumult in British politics following the Brexit vote

In this file photo, UK Prime Minister Theresa May at the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) headquarters in Jordan, April 3, 2017. UK Prime Minister's Office/Jay Allen/Crown Copyright

Lords defy May for a second time on Brexit

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED The House of Lords votes to give parliament the final say on how Britain leaves the European Union

THERESA MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May, including most members of the parliament's lower House of Commons, voted to remain in the European Union. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

British MPs approve first stage of Brexit bill

Feb 02, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May is under intense pressure to push the bill through quickly having promised EU leaders she would trigger Article 50 by the end of March

A video grab taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) in the House of Commons in London on February 1, 2017, shows MPs as they await the outcome of a vote on a bill to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start pulling Britain out of the European Union. PRU/AFP

UK publishes draft bill on triggering Brexit

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill asks parliament to give Prime Minister Theresa May authority to start the formal mechanism by which Britain will leave the bloc

6 months in, Brexit shadow looms over PM May

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:39 AM

The Conservative leader s refusal to outline a detailed strategy for negotiating Britain s future ties with the European Union has only deepened suspicions among politicians of all stripes that she does not have a grand plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. Steve Parsons/Pool/AFP

Pro-EU candidate wins 'Brexit by-election' in London

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:34 PM

Voters in the London suburb of Richmond ousted a euroskeptic lawmaker in favor of a pro European candidate

Liberal Democrat candidate for Richmond Park Sarah Olney (C) arrives in the count hall in Richmond, south-west London, on December 2, 2016 to hear the results of a by election. Justin Tallis/AFP

Scotland's Sturgeon says independence will happen

Oct 16, 2016 - 7:20 AM

The Scottish National Party SNP leader pledges to explore all options to prevent Scotland being taken out of the European Union against its will

In this file photo, pro-Scottish Independence supporters with Scottish Saltire flags and EU flags among others, rally in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland on July 30, 2016 to call for Scottish independence from the UK. Andy Buchanan/AFP/File

UK PM faces backlash over Brexit immigration plan

Oct 05, 2016 - 9:22 PM

UPDATED Theresa May s address to the Conservative party conference comes as the pound plunged on currency markets and amid growing criticism of proposals to make businesses publish lists of how many foreign workers they employ

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote address on the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 5, 2016. Ben Stanstall/AFP

UK Tories unified with Brexiteers: The new establishment

Oct 05, 2016 - 12:40 PM

The jubilant mood at the annual Conservatives conference is being led by its hardline euroskeptics – for years the awkward squad within the party

Delegates attend the second day of the annual Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, central England, on October 3, 2016. Oli Scarff/AFP

British economy faces Brexit 'rollercoaster' – minister

Oct 03, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Philip Hammond: We must expect some turbulence as we go through this negotiating process

The skyline of the City of London is pictured on the horizon as people relax in Greenwich park in south-east London on June 26, 2016. Odd Anderson/AFP

UK to start EU exit process before end of March – PM

Oct 02, 2016 - 5:17 PM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May says she would be giving further details in a speech during the Conservative Party s annual conference

THE PRIME MINISTER. This file photo taken on October 6, 2015 shows Britain's then-Home Secretary Theresa May leaving the stage after addressing delegates on the third day of the annual Conservative party conference in Manchester, north west England. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Britain to start EU divorce by end-March

Oct 02, 2016 - 11:13 AM

3rd UPDATE Prime Minister Theresa May says she would not be giving a blow by blow account of her negotiating strategy

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she visits the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment at their barracks at Bulford Camp near Salisbury, south-west England, on September 29, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Matt Cardy

Britain's Brexit PM Theresa May: A tough pragmatist

Jul 13, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Theresa May takes over as Britain s second female prime minister after fellow Conservative Margaret Thatcher succeeding David Cameron

MADAM PRIME MINISTER. In this file photo, British Home Secretary Theresa May arrives to attend a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 27, 2016. Leon Neal/AFP

Cameron bows out, urges close post-Brexit ties to EU

Jul 13, 2016 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED Cameron: My advice to my successor who is a brilliant negotiator is that we should try to be as close to the European Union as we can be

FINAL PMQ. Britain's outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the dispatch box during his last Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in central London on July 13, 2016. PRU/AFP

Theresa May to become Britain's next PM

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:34 AM

Theresa May will become the prime minister who leads Britain into talks to quit the European Union on Wednesday July 13

NEXT PRIME MINISTER. Britain's new Conservative Party leader Theresa May speaks to members of the media at The St Stephen's entrance to the Palace of Westminster in London on July 11, 2016. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Theresa May leads ballot to become British PM as pound plunges

Jul 06, 2016 - 7:58 AM

European leaders are putting Britain under intense pressure to move fast on triggering the process known as Article 50 and there has been economic turmoil since last month s referendum vote

This combination of file pictures shows the 3 remaining candidates for the Conservative leadership (L-R) Andrea Leadsom, British Home Secretary Theresa May, and British Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Michael Gove. XGTY/AFP

British PM frontrunner vows to limit immigration

Jul 04, 2016 - 8:53 AM

Meanwhile a law firm warns Brexit needs parliament s backing to begin

British Interior Minister Theresa May addresses a press conference in central London on June 30, 2016. Frantzesco Kangaris/AFP

British politicians battle to lead Brexit aftermath

Jun 30, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Britain s two main political parties are embroiled in leadership battles to decide who will lead the country through turbulent times in the wake of a vote to leave the European Union

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister David Cameron (7L) take his seat as British opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn stands at the dispatch box to address MPs in the House of Commons in London on June 29, 2016. PRU/AFP

Britain wins Brexit breathing space at gloomy EU summit

Jun 28, 2016 - 8:29 AM

3rd UPDATE Donald Tusk agrees to give Britain time for the dust to settle but Jean Claude Juncker warns the country does not have months to meditate

epa05395855 British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) is welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) prior to a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 28 June 2016. EU leaders meet in Brussels on 28 June for the first time since the British referendum, in which 51.9 percent voted to leave the European Union (EU). EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

UK votes to leave the European Union

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:12 AM

11th UPDATE Britain will be the first country to leave in the history of the EU the culmination of decades of suspicion over European aims of creating an ever closer political union

LONG NIGHT. Staff count ballot papers at the Glasgow count center at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, on June 23, 2016 after polls closed in the referendum on whether the UK will remain or stay in the European Union (EU). Robert Perry/AFP

Flotilla protest in London as Berlin warns on Brexit

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:24 AM

Prime Minister David Cameron s government warns that leaving the European Union in the referendum on June 23 will cause such economic turmoil that tax hikes and spending cuts will quickly follow

IN VS OUT. Campaigners to remain in the EU unfurl a banner on Westminster Bridge as a bus bearing the face of UKIP leader Nigel Farage and a message urging voters to leave the EU in the upcoming referendum sits behind it as they wait for a flotilla of boats from the group 'Fishing for Leave' to sail by on the river Thames in London on June 15, 2016. Niklas Hallen/AFP